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Date(s) - 22/06/2022
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

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Please join us online by Zoom, Wednesday evenings, 6:45-8:00pm. We value Sangha (spiritual community) and the opportunity to be together. We will use this time for lightly guided meditation, a short check in to see how we can support one another, and exploration of a Buddhist topic. The facilitator will offer brief remarks and guide discussion as a way to focus our practice on that week’s theme. Themes may run several weeks, but each week can serve as a stand-alone session. We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love and kindness for the wellness of all beings.

All are welcome!

Gateways to Liberation – The Signless

In our next session we will highlight the ‘Sign less, the Vimoksha or Gateway to Liberation, that is available by seeing through impermanence. Impermanence being one of the three marks, or characteristics, of all things conditioned. All things, from thoughts and emotional reactions/responses arising and passing away, to civilizations beginning and ending, have their moment and fade away. We can find this universal truth in the breath.

A challenging aspect of a mindful, heartfelt, practice that will also benefit others, is attempting to witness the flow of impermanence; seeing the universality of this concept and learning how to swim confidently and kindly while not drowning in our own suffering. Over the past two years we have touched on several suttas, symbols and doctrinal references that point us towards the ‘sign less’. In the sutta of Bahia of the Bark Garment we hear Buddha giving Bahia the final teaching in that rich ancient story.

“Herein, Bahiya, you should train yourself thus: ‘In the seen will be merely what is seen; in the heard will be merely what is heard; in the sensed will be merely what is sensed; in the cognized will be merely what is cognized.’ In this way you should train yourself Bahiya.”

J. Krishnamaruti, Philosopher, stated “Observation without evaluation is the highest form of intelligence,” We practice being grounded, turning towards all of our experience and being present with what we find arising while attempting to remain in an interested and open space, noticing, yet not feeding any negative narrative while cultivating an attitude of appreciation for what we have, instead of what we lack. Using this positive mindful foundation, we hold both the pain and pleasure of this life, accepting with equanimity the first noble truth that life is difficult.

“When, Bahiya, for you in the seen is merely what is seen… in the cognized is merely what is cognized, then, Bahiya, you will not be ‘with that.’ When, Bahiya, you are not ‘with that,’ then, Bahiya, you will not be ‘in that.’ When, Bahiya, you are not ‘in that,’ then, Bahiya, you will be neither here nor beyond nor in between the two. Just this is the end of suffering.”

Not be “with that” can mean not wrapped up in the “taints”, the Eight Worldly Winds, or the Five clinging skandhas or the Five Hindrances, our self-centric habitual ways of being that can create suffering. Our practice has advanced enough so that we can at least manage these different categories of distractions, quell them, subdue them. “Neither here, nor beyond, nor in between the two.”

Now through this brief Dhamma teaching of the Lord the mind of Bahiya of the Bark-cloth was immediately freed from the taints without grasping. Then the Lord, having instructed Bahiya with this brief instruction, went away.

Please join us as we explore the signless by delving deeply into impermanence.

“There are no higher teachings, only deeper understandings.” Sangharakshita

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